No Charges But Plenty of Unanswered Questions in 2011 Fatal WaveRunner Shooting

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Reynaldo Muñoz
Jack Davis, the 14-year-old Miami Shores resident who shot and killed a WaveRunner thief two years ago, will not face criminal charges. Prosecutors announced yesterday that they would not put the teen on trial because he "reasonably believed he and his mother were being attacked and were in imminent danger" when 20-year-old Reynaldo Muñoz stole the jet ski.

In reality however, the Davises were not in danger: Muñoz did not have a gun and could not hear their cries because he was deaf and mute.

Despite the dismissal of charges, plenty of questions remain unanswered. Why did the Davises initially lie about the shooting? Why didn't they retreat if they thought Muñoz had a gun? And why did a Miami-Dade detective wait six months to interview Jack Davis?

See also: Jet Ski Thief Killed By 14-Year-Old With Shotgun

According to the State Attorney's Office close-out memo, Muñoz and his girlfriend rode his own WaveRunner to the Davises' waterfront home in Miami Shores on May 21, 2011. Muñoz hopped off, swam to the shore, and began pulling the Davises' jet ski into the water.

Inside the house, Jack Davis's mother, Yasmin, spotted the thief. According to the memo, she walked outside and dialed 911 while yelling at Muñoz.

But he couldn't hear. Yasmin Davis mistakenly assumed he was ignoring her. She also incorrectly thought he was wearing a bullet-proof vest and holding a gun. Muñoz actually held a device for starting the stolen WaveRunner.

Yasmin yelled for Jack to bring out the family's gun. The teenager came out of the house and took aim. But his mother told him to wait as it looked like Muñoz as riding off on the jet ski.

"They still hoped the strange man would leave," the memo says, "but then [Muñoz] made a sharp turn towards the sea wall and was circling when he put his hand in the front compartment as if he was trying to get something."

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A Mossberg shotgun like the one Jack Davis used to shoot Reynaldo Muñoz

"Believing that the strange man was going to retrieve his gun and shoot them both, his mother told [Jack] to shoot. J.D. put the gun up parallel to his face and fired one time."

Muñoz was hit in the right side of his head by two shotgun pellets and died floating face down in the water.

Prosecutors considered charging Davis with manslaughter or murder, but ultimately decided to drop the idea because there was a "reasonable hypothesis of innocence."



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9 comments
fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

People are learning how to "justify" shooting deaths the way police do when the only survivor of the encounter is the shooter: "I thought he was reaching for a weapon. Also, he gave me a dehumanizing stare."

NotSurprising
NotSurprising

Sneak onto someones property, even if you aren't in the middle of stealing something, don't be surprised if you end up shot.    And yes, the gf should be prosecuted.

Biscayne Bystander
Biscayne Bystander

Ridiculous how the victims of a crime can be considered criminals.  He died while committing a crime, his fault for bad decision making.  The fact that the mute kid's family is now suing in civil court is equally upsetting.  Not only did they fail to raise a law abiding child, they are trying to profit on his poor choices.  

krys11
krys11

I still think the girlfriend should be held accountable. She was an accomplice, and should take responsibility for the death of her ex-boyfriend. Now, she's happily engaged and pregnant, and has moved on from this tragic event.

Ken Argüelles
Ken Argüelles

Killing a man over a WaveRunner is pretty pathetic. There's no justification. Materialism strikes again.

Elsa Jimenez
Elsa Jimenez

Is the price you pay when you commit a crime.

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